Saudi Arabia Sends Relief Aid to Quake-hit Algeria

KUWAIT CITY (Dec. 27) XINHUA - Saudi Arabia on Monday sent the first batch of relief supplies to Algeria to help victims of a strong earthquake that shook northwest Algeria last week.

A planeload of materials, dispatched under the instruction of Saudi King Fahd Ibn Abdul-Aziz, included some 37 tons of food and 28.5 tons of tents.

A second batch of Saudi humanitarian aid will be flown to Algeria in the next few days, according to reports reaching here.

A tremor measuring 5.8 on the Richter scale also jolted towns in northwestern Algeria last Wednesday, leaving over 200 casualties and damaging hundreds of houses and properties.

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